Thursday 25 December 2008

Candy Canes Fight Germs


Discovery News: "Peppermint has long been touted as a digestive aid, but new research shows just how potent a bacteria-buster it is ...

While peppermint's germ-killing powers have been previously documented, the new study is the first to report the antimicrobial activity of two other mint family members -- Mentha villosa and Faassen's catnip -- along with another non-mint herb, bluebeard.

Essential oils for horseradish, garlic, hyssop, basil, marjoram, oregano, winter savory, and three types of thyme also showed potent bacteria-busting abilities."

when exactly did we stop ritualizing the use of things that were good for us, and become obsessed with pursuing foods and goods that would kill us instead?